good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. tonight, the democratic national convention kicks off in charlotte, north carolina, a state president obama barely carried in 2008. and according to a new poll of north carolina voters, mitt romney now leads the president by four points. during the convention, democrats hope to draw a sharp contrast with republicans. but tonight, first lady michelle obama will try to get her party back on message after they bungled a very simple question. susan mcginnis is at the convention center this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning, terrell. yeah, michelle obama was here yesterday doing an informal rehearsal, a warm-up for tonight, when she will address millions of americans, and democrats hope, help convince them that they are better off than four years ago. the stage has been built, the party platform released, and democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention.